If you are a new graduate from Graphic Design or Web Design, whether you have a 4-year degree, 2-year degree, or a certificate, and you’re just starting and you don’t know what to include in your portfolio, I suggest you start with your website because your website is your portfolio.
If you’re going to pick the best of your work, say from school, don’t put so many in your website and make it look all cluttered up. Pick the best three you like and save the very best one in your drive. Just in case you want to Wow your prospect employer for something more later.
Save your very best one and present it to him later when you need to.
Put the best three of your artworks in each category such as: Graphic Design, Logo Design, Package Design, Website Design…you get the idea!
You being an organize Graphic Designer will show your prospect Client or prospect Employer/Contractor that you know how to put your work in order.
Three things you need to remember…
• Your Resume
• Your About Me Page
• Your Website
Your Resume is a very important tool in getting you that job interview. This is a proven fact offline and online. If this is a one-to-one client, fine. You don’t need a resume. But if this is about getting hired in a Fortune 500 Company or a big company, you need that special tool — your resume.
You need to perfect your resume. Make it stand out.
From my recent post How to Get a Job Interview I have told you all about it. It doesn’t cost you a dime to make your resume visually attractive.
Remember your resume is your wow factor that makes your prospect client and/or employer to click on your website or email you or call you for a job offer.
Your About Me Page
A lot of bloggers really ignore this and it’s a shame because it is one of the most read in the blogosphere. You should never ever forget to put an About Me page. Even Google Adsense, if you apply as one of their Affiliate Marketer or Advertiser, they require you to have an About Me page.
Your About Me page is one way to connect to your interviewer or client on a personal level. Each person needs to have that feel or connection if you’re the right candidate. They want to see your personality and you can shine out in your About Me page. Be personal but also be professional.
Some people would hire you because you shared the picture of your dog and yourself in the photo. If your prospect client or customer is fond with dogs, you are more likely to get his or her attention. Be approachable and don’t be aloof. Be personal so people can relate with you more.
In my recent interviews with companies over the phone, I have gotten compliments about my Resume, About Me page, and My Website per se. That’s right. Your About Me page is very important. It is one of the page that is read the most by Human Resources and Bloggers.
With me, before I whitelist someone on my blog, I always read their About Me page. I’m leery when I see bloggers or websites hiding their “About Me” or “About Us” page.
What are these websites hiding that they don’t want to show their About page?
You know Marketing Strategy of today have changed a lot since the innovation of social media. Nowadays we’re more personal. Thank God for that. I love the evolution of Internet marketing.
I know that some of my friends wrote about how important is your About Me page. But I tend to just scan that part and so I’m going to tell you exactly what I feel about this and my opinion about constructing your About Me page. Make your About Me page personal and approachable.
If honesty is the best policy, then so be it. It’s better to start it from the very beginning. Because if you are honest to yourself, you can be honest to others as well.
People love epic stories such as sharing your failure as well as your success.
If you’re the type of person who never failed then you’re not being human. Humans makes mistakes and it’s just natural for us to go through this process and so share that in your About Me page. What made you do what you do? How did you get there? What made you successful after these failures?
So you are a Freelancer and perhaps you are a Professional Writer, Graphic Designer, Digital Artist, Web Designer, Business Developer, whatever… I can only mention a few profession.
But whatever profession you are in, if you are looking for a Contract job or a Freelance job in a prestigious company you will need to have a website that will lead you to get that job. Your website is the visual proof of what you can do or what it tells more about your business.
I am telling you that majority of my clients are drawn to the quality of my website design. Majority said to me how fast and how they like the structure of my website. Easy to navigate. Also my interviewers said to me, “You have a great resume and then when I click your website, it’s even better!”
Your website must be fast, clean, simple to navigate and make sure you don’t have too many in your menus. Make your menus only to 5-6 selections. Don’t put too many unnecessary topic aside from what you want to portray to your prospect client.
If you put too many selections in your menu your prospect client gets confused. And that’s the last thing you need to do. Avoid confusion as much as possible.
Take it from presenting your Design Proposals for instance. You created a bunch of thumbnails. Perhaps you chose the best 10-thumbnails and you created a dummy from each of these. Are you going to present all of these dummies to your client? I don’t think so. Based from my experience, setting a limit is better than having too many to choose from.
You are going to select only the best three you think are outstanding.
I guarantee you out of those three designs you have represented, one will be chosen. Versus to 10-different ones. Or 20 even! Your client will say, “I like number #3 but then I also like #5 and I’m fond of #7…I don’t know. It’s too many to choose from.” This is the last thing you need. Same thing with your menu!
You are only depicting on what you want your client to see.
With my designs, if I didn’t like the design I will never show it to my client. I know this is Commercial Industry and I’m suppose to please a client. But it’s also important to me that I am happy with the design. And that what I have chosen for the client is something I feel confident and not ashame to show on my portfolio! You are the Designer. Trust your instinct.
You are the designer of your own website. You are the master of your own domain. And so therefore choose only what you want your client to see!
Your website design plays an important role…
When you have a very good web design other people will trust you more. If you are serious about your business therefore you need to make it look good. It is the most important when you are trying to depict your brand. You are the brand. Therefore make it look professional.
When it comes to your website, you want to make it look unique. You don’t want to be someone else’s cookie cutter. Although you have used the same theme, you still do not want to simulate someone else’s. You want to stand out from other websites on the Internet.
I suggest if you are on free theme, you need to get a paid theme. I recommend Genesis and it’s child theme. On my previous post What is Blogging, I have explained “How does Genesis relate to a WordPress theme?” Genesis is a clean design. Fast and reliable.
Friends who represents great portfolio online (in alphabetical order):
- Adrienne Smith = Her website is a great portfolio which represent herself as a Blog Expert who predominantly speaks about Engagement and Network Relationship.
- Carol Amato = She is an Internet Marketer who helps other build a better business and create successful blog. You can see how organize is her website and how easy to navigate.
- Don Purdum = Shows you his expertise as a Business Developer, Coach, and Speaker. His Alexa ranking boosted up to 24K ranking just within 3-months.
- Harleena Singh = She is a professional Writer and her website says all that. Shows you a a lot of great samples of her writing and engagement with others.
- Rob Cubbon = He is a professional Designer & Marketer in London. I love his new theme which is a Magazine Pro. Check out his new website how fast & easy to navigate.
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I am an affiliate of Studio Press and I promote Genesis and their Child Theme. If you click my banner and you bought the theme I will be compensated. I’m a lousy affiliate marketer and I don’t know how to incorporate each of the child theme to my affiliate link from each of the sample theme above. I am including the hyperlink there to show you exactly what the design looks like.
If you click my banner and from Studio Press website, you click Shop for Themes and from there you can find the child theme you are looking for, that’s the only way I can get paid if you buy the theme. Otherwise, if you decide not to do it, it’s up to you. But I’ll be very sad. I hope you support me on this. And if you do, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Anyway, let me tell you more about these Child Themes. Genesis child themes already have a built-in SEO. And so your website will be found on Google without a problem. If you’re not as savvy on SEO, I recommend for you to use these child themes instead.
Web Design Portfolio Examples Across the Web
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